Author: Gary McKenzie

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Stable mates

It was good to see ITV highlighting the staff at the sharp end of racing recently. Most of them get up at ridiculous hours and can still be seen working in the evening. They...

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I keep on knocking

I am not usually one to bemoan my luck, the game is about ups and downs, but I have to say that I have not been blessed with good fortune lately. Of the last...

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Nicholls’ perfect ten

We have had some great racing this week and I have to start with the King George at Kempton. What drama. Bristol De Mai fell and brought down Waiting Patiently when that horse looked...

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Brain gets ahead

It wasn’t to be for The New One as he was pulled up at Cheltenham and immediately retired. But a not so new kid arrived on the block. Brain Power won the International and...

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International bright young things

December 11th 2010. Cheltenham. Menorah, the favourite, scoots clear of Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti in the prestigious International Hurdle. These three were in the embryonic stages of their careers and they would go...

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D’Air to dream

Buveur D’Air is now no better than even money to complete a Champion Hurdle hat trick in March after his impressive win at Newcastle last week. And the debate rages on about whether he...

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Dry your eyes mate

And people wonder why this game gets to us. What an emotional weekend we had. Coneygree, running for the first time in over a year, rolled back the years with a gutsy third place...

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And the winner is…

This week saw the Cartier Awards take place. It’s like the Oscars but for our equine heroes. I don’t think too many could complain about the winners. Stradivarius was an easy pick for the...

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Cracked it!

Once again I dine on humble pie. Cracksman, to me, was a one hit wonder when he won the Champion Stakes in such emphatic style last season. He won the Ganay easily enough but...